Current Residents

  • PGY-3 (Class of 2022)

Naser Abdelhadi MDNaser A. Abdelhadi, M.D., MBA
Undergraduate: The Ohio State University
Graduate School: Plymouth State University
Medical School: American University of Antigua
Interests in IM: Cardiology
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Soccer, learning languages, Spend time with family.
Why you chose NBI: NBI is located in one of the most diverse areas in the country. There is a great exposure to a multicultural patient population with a wide variety of disease pathology in light of healthcare disparities. The resources at NBI and the 6+2 program structure give you unparalleled flexibility to tailor your training. The residents and faculty are very helpful and fantastic to work with.


Oluwakemi Adeyanju MDOluwakemi Adeyanju, MD
Undergraduate
: Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Medical School: Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Interests in IM: Preventive medicine, continuation of care, advocating and serving the underprivileged particularly geriatric population.
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Quality time with my family, watching movies, cooking and dancing!
Why you chose NBI: After spending close to three decades in Nigeria, it’s not such a hard nut to crack that my ideal kind of learning environment will be a place where I can call my second home and integrate so easily while at the same time prepare me rigorously for the outside world post residency. The tour during the interview season at the Beth was my eye opener despite lack of prior exposure or rotation at the program. It is indeed diversity personified, the camaraderie amongst healthcare workers and the demographics it serves was just the butter on my bread!!


Krushna Amin MDKrushna Amin, MD
Medical School
: Pramukhswami Medical College, India
Interests in IM: Primary Care/Continuity Care and Hematology Oncology as Fellowship
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Drawing and Art, Travelling, Socializing with family and friends
Why I Chose NBI: As An IMG from India, my interview experience at NBI was very exciting. I was impressed with the patient population, pathologies, didactics as well as clinical aspects of the program. The residency program is very diverse including residents and faculty which fosters a balanced learning environment. This place gives excellent academic exposure with enough hands of experience opportunity. Also by being here it gives variety of fellowships opportunities including Hematology and Oncology that I am interested in. By matching into Beth Israel I found the program, I was looking for.


Mercy Anighoro MDMercy Anighoro, MD
Undergraduate:
Delta state University, Abraka, Nigeria
Medical School: College of health Sciences, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria
Interests in IM: Primary Care, Geriatrics
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: I love to cook, solve puzzles and explore new places with my family.
Why you chose NBI: I was born and raised in the south- southern part of Nigeria, I became inspired to make a positive difference in the lives of others, especially those less fortunate growing up. That I achieved as a general practitioner in Nigeria after obtaining my medical degree from Delta State University before immigrating to the United States. I am excited about residency at Newark Beth Israel due to the great learning environment and super helpful faculty. I aim to be a trusted resource for my patients and believes its everybodies responsibility to reach out to others in need. My interests are outpatient internal medicine, geriatrics and Nephrology. To me, the best part of medicine is the opportunity to form relationships with patients.


Umair Khan MDUmair Khan, MD
Undergraduate
: University of Texas at Arlington
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Interests in IM: Cardiovascular, Nephrology
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Sports, travelling, snowmobiling
Why you chose NBI: I chose NBI because it pushes you from day one to take ownership of patient care and gives you autonomy to make medical decisions, but importantly does so in a supportive environment, with the help and support of your co-residents, and attendings. Residency as we all know is challenging, but the sense of community and collegiality in this program truly makes this experience fascinating. I am so fortunate I get to work alongside and learn from such an intelligent, compassionate, and fun group of doctors who go above and beyond for their patients. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Ling Lan MDLing Lan, MD
Undergraduate:
Sichuan University
Medical School: West China University of Medical Science
Interests in IM: Hospitalist/ Internist
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Yoga, Cooking, enjoying family times and my dog.
Why you chose NBI: I came from China and moved to New Jersey with my family. NBI is located in the Tri-State area and has top heart & lung transplant team. This hospital provides broad pathology, strong academic teaching and various fellowship programs. Most importantly, I love the friendly and supportive environment here. Beth is my top choice, I am so glad I am working here.



Ki (Steve) Lee, MDKi (Steve) Lee, MD - Chief Resident
Undergraduate: University of California, Irvine
Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
Interests in IM: Critical care/Cardiology
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Cooking, Running, Snowboarding, Sports – Lakers, Dodgers, Rams, and spending time with family and friends.
Why you chose NBI: I grew up in Tucson, Arizona/Orange County, California through high school and undergraduate. I served in the Korean Army as a Combat Medic and I did a Post-Doc Research Fellowship at NYU School of Medicine where I studied the role of the immune system in pancreatic oncogenesis. As a medical student, I was able to do my Internal Medicine clerkship at NBI where I appreciated the diversity of clinical settings, pathology, and discovered a love for the process of developing a differential diagnosis. The program stood out for its diverse clinical exposure and the opportunity to work with underserved patient populations, made even better by the residents, leaders, and staff.


Okechukwu Okoye MDOkechukwu Okoye MD
Medical School:
University of Nigeria, Enugu
Interests in IM: Inpatient and Outpatient Care, Research
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Music, sports, spending downtime with family and friends, mentoring.
Why you chose NBI: NBIMC by virtue of its location in an urban medical center very close a major international airport in Newark, provides good learning opportunities in terms of patient population and presenting pathologies. Internal Medicine program is very diverse both residents and faculty alike. The program has strong didactic and clinical training propelled by the most experienced faculty. It also helped that my interview experience at NBI was great. The residents and faculty I encountered were super friendly and warm which made me feel at home.


Shivani Patel MDShivani Patel, MD - Chief Resident
Undergraduate
: Montclair State University
Medical School: St. George’s University
Interests in IM: I wanted to do Internal Medicine because it was the rotation that I enjoyed the most during my third year of medical school and I loved the variety of diseases that we saw.
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: In my free time, I like to cook different types of dishes, travel when time permits and love spending time with my family.
Why you chose NBI: I’m extremely happy to train at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center for my Internal Medicine Residency where we get to a wide variety of cases. The residents are the strongest aspect of this program. The hospital provides me with the opportunity to work alongside great colleagues and to provide exceptional care to our patients with diverse socio-economic background.


Oluwakemi Phillips MDOluwakemi Phillips, MD - Chief Resident
Undergraduate:
University of Central Florida
Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
Interests in IM: Global Health-Hospital Medicine/Critical Care Medicine
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Tennis, Hiking, Kayaking, Traveling
Why you chose NBI: It took one rotation for me to decide that this was not only the residency program but the community that I wanted to be a part of. Regardless of the diverse pathology that would see to my further development as a physician. It was the leadership that filtered down to attendings, fellows as well as co-residents making in NBI an environment that would not only challenge me but also allow for a collegial environment. Thus, creating an atmosphere that we all succeed as a team. After residency, my plans are still being finalized but I could not be happier with my choice of NBI as I know any door whether it be fellowship or internist will be open to me and my colleagues.


Corinne Raczek MDCorinne Raczek, MD - Chief Resident
Undergraduate
: Bucknell University
Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
Interests in IM: Hematology/Oncology
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Traveling whenever I get the chance, being outdoors and hiking, going to the beach and boardwalk, spending time with family and friends.
Why you chose NBI: I was born and raised in Jersey, so I’m a Jersey girl at heart. But what really made NBI stand out from the rest was the camaraderie between the residents. It really feels like a family here and that’s incredibly important when you spend most of your time in the hospital! After residency, I would love to continue my training in fellowship for Hematology/Oncology.


Ghislain B K Tchomobe MDGhislain B.K. Tchomobe, MD - Chief Resident
Undergraduate:
Bowie State University, Maryland; University of Buea, Cameroon
Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
Interests in IM: Hospital Medicine, Pulmonary & Critical Care, Leadership Medicine, Community Outreach Medicine.
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Traveling, movies, hiking, opera, spending time with my friends and family especially my 2 year old boy.
Why you chose NBI: I was born in Cameroon, moved to Maryland when I was 20. Never heard of the Beth before third year medical school rotation. Because I really loved the Beth, I completed almost all my fourth year rotation here as well. I was not only impressed by the pathology and the complexity of cases encountered but also how well residents got along with each other. I knew I would have a family away from my family if I were to match at NBI.
Fun Fact: My wife is an opera singer (Soprano) and I am a 2nd degree Black belt in Karate Shotokan.

  • PGY-2 (Class of 2023)

Desmond Aroke MDDesmond Aroke, MD
Medical School
: Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Buea, Cameroon
Interests in IM: Compassionate care, blood disorders, research (evidence-based medicine)
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Family time, playing/watching soccer, exploring nature.
Why you chose NBI: I grew up in the countryside in Cameroon, where I did most of my education but moved to the States about 2years ago. I fell in love with NBI because of its dedication to serving the community through both community-based preventive and in-hospital curative measures. I equally loved the set-up of the program, its fine faculty and the cultural diversity. During my interview, the residents were approachable and made us feel at home; I knew it would be a fun place to work. Since being here, I love the program’s abundance of pathology, the camaraderie amongst residence and the gradual clinical autonomy obtained in the course of training. Also, research is huge here at “The Beth”, with countless opportunities to join research teams in top ranking specialties. At the Beth, I am having a smooth transition as an IMG and I am happy to be here.


Sara Ausaf MDSara Ausaf, MD
Undergraduate
: D.H.A college, Karachi,Pakistan
Medical School: JSMU, Jinnah Sindh Medical University
Interests in IM: Hematology-Oncology, Pain Management, and Transplant, social work
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Travelling and exploring new places, Cooking and dining out, shopping and designing clothes, photography, spending time with family and friends.
Why you chose NBI: I grew up in Connecticut till I was 10 then went back to Pakistan. After completion of my med school I moved to NJ in search of residency. The day I had my interview here, I knew this was the place to be! The harmony and fun loving collaboration seen amongst residents and faculty was very inspiring. I knew the diversity of patients that I would encounter would be a great exposure.
I believe it's one of the greatest programs to be a part of as it will build your clinical skills and knowledge leading you to pursue a successful career eventually making you a great physician.
After residency I intend to bridge the gap and provide care to the underprivileged. I believe in caring whole-heartedly for your patients and bringing a smile across their face is the true success for a physician.


Ariq Azad MDAriq Azad, MD
Undergraduate:
Columbia University
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Interests in IM: Hospital medicine, global health, quality improvement.
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Spending time with my family, software engineering, outdoors activities, traveling, Faith/Islam.
Why you chose NBI: As someone interested in public/global health, NBI offers strong clinical training in an underserved area where you have the opportunity to practice evidence based medicine as well as improve health outcomes for underserved patients.


Bishoy Barsoum MDBishoy M. Barsoum, MD
Medical School:
Cairo University Faculty of Medicine
Interests in IM: Cardiology/ Endocrinology
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Soccer, Spiritual Meditation
Why you chose NBI: I was born in Egypt, and moved to NJ when I was 24 and have stayed in NJ for the past 5 years. During this time, I have made many friends and connected with extended family that I have here in NJ, which has made the area very favorable for me to stay in for training. However, my main focus was on finding a program that provides me with the best training possible through an appropriate volume of patients as well as a great diversity of patients with various medical conditions. Fortunately for me, Newark Beth Israel has all these great features. Not only is it in the area where I was hoping to be, the volume and diversity of patients and medical conditions at NBI are very impressive. The faculty at NBI truly aspire to optimize resident education through appropriate balance of autonomy and supervision and also focus on resident well-being by providing a safe and supportive educational environment for all residents.


Kessy Joseph MDKessy Joseph, MD, MSc
Undergraduate
: The University of Florida
Medical School: Ross University SOM
Interests in IM: Community Medicine, Patient Education, Culinary Medicine, Aesthetic Medicine
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Vegan cooking, wine tasting, yoga, meditation, Pilates, world travel
Why you chose NBI: Besides NBI having an internal medicine program with a strong familial feel, I chose NBI because of the diverse community we serve. As a Haitian-Canadian, It brings me great joy to be given the opportunity to provide impactful health services to a demographic that usually feels misunderstood and neglected. Also, I was impressed with the yummy food selection in the cafeteria and free parking.



Kevin Lipat DOKevin Lipat, DO
Undergraduate:
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests in IM: Hospitalist
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Guitar/piano, basketball (Mamba Mentality), video games, spending quality time with family
Why you chose NBI: I was born in northern NJ (at the Beth!) and spent most of my life here. It was very important for me to stay close to home, and after having the chance to rotate at NBI, I knew this was the place I wanted to train. The amount of pathology you see makes the experience quite challenging, but equally as rewarding. And the family here, co-residents and program staff, is as close-knit and supportive as it gets.


Saadul-Akbar Mallam, MDSaadul-Akbar Mallam, MD
Undergraduate
: University of Rochester, NY
Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
Interest in IM: Hospitalist/Critical Care medicine
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Association Football in general, La-Liga in particular; Road trips, Ethnic Ghanaian dishes, and most importantly family!
Why you chose NBI: I rotated hear at NBI shortly before I applied for residency and I immediately got “hooked up” by the clear camaraderie of NBI internal Medicine Program and perhaps the NBI community as a whole. I was further drawn to the program due to the significant array of pathology and socioeconomic challenges facing our patient population, and the new educational/academic opportunities created courtesy of the historic Rutgers and RWJBH academic partnership.


Thomas F. Nubong, MDThomas F. Nubong, MD
Undergraduate:
The University of Virginia -> GO HOOS!!
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Interests in IM: Interventional; Cardiovascular Disease, Critical Care Medicine. The new approaches to modern medicine esp. in device-based research and innovations in catheter-based treatments drew my interests to this specific field. Having the ability and skills to perform diagnostic and treatment procedures is both exciting and rewarding.
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: I am a huge sports fanatic. I love playing & watching, esp. football, basketball, soccer, & MMA. I also enjoy the outdoors, love traveling, listening to music, and most importantly learning and experiencing new cultures.
Why you chose NBI: I was born the 4th out of five siblings in the country of Cameroon in West Africa. My family immigrated to the US when I was about seven years old. My love and interest in medicine came from a family dynamic that emphasized both the need and importance of helping others, specifically the less fortunate. During my interview trail, NBI provided the opportunity to work with a multi-cultural patient population that have a plethora of illnesses. It offered excellent learning opportunities both in academia and clinical medicine. The variety in pathology brought in by its patient population, along with it being a quaternary care transplant center is incomparable. It has provided me the opportunity to witness and deal with the disparities in healthcare that is prominent in our country. Above all, I am humbled to be part of the NBI family.


Rashmi Pillai MDRashmi Pillai MD
Undergraduate:
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Interests in IM: Hospitalist Medicine, Education
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Tennis/Roger Federer, Manchester United, Traveling
Why you chose NBI: Having grown up in Jersey I knew I wanted to maintain my strong Jersey roots. Along with staying local, I kept looking for programs that embodied why I love medicine in the first place, and I found that at the Beth. During the interview day I could tell that the program fosters collaboration and the community of senior residents and faculty really seemed to prioritize learning and career development. After being here for a few months, I know that to be true. I have no doubt that The Beth will help me prepare for the future, while still enjoying the now!


Nana Safoaah, MDNana Safoaah, MD
Undergraduate:
Herbert H. Lehman College
Medical School: Medical University of the Americans; Ross University School of Medicine
Interests in IM: Hospitalist (Primary Care)
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Listening to music, dancing, cooking
Why you chose NBI: Growing up in Ghana, and spending part of my life in the Bronx, helped grow my interest in providing care for the underserved community, where I can always relate with my patients. NBI is a place where family has been formed from non- blood relatives, a great place to enjoy work hours, no judgement zone, and get the best training and exposure to all range of pathologies. Great, knowledgeable, friendly attendings who are always willing to teach, guide us to provide the best evidence-based medicine for our patients.


Uchechukwu Uneze MD. MPHUchechukwu Uneze MD. MPH
Undergraduate
: Rutgers University
Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
Interests in IM: Pulmonary & Critical Care, Education
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Sports, music, dancing, exercising, movies, and hanging out with friends and family.
Why you chose NBI: I was born in Nigeria moved to NJ at the age of 13 I love the local community and have been here ever since. Why the Beth? The Beth has a diverse population, wide range of pathology, ample learning opportunities and supervised autonomy. The camaraderie with residents, Attendings who are willing to teach medicine and other aspects of life and provide excellent feedback, the support from nurses and other ancillary staff. I am learning a great deal at the Beth and look forward to advancing my knowledge and skill as a clinician so I can better serve my patients.


Shreya Vakharia, MDShreya Vakharia, MD
Medical School
: Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College, Gujarat, India
Interests in IM: Academic Medicine, Disparities in Health Care, Hematology and Oncology
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Updating my Harry Potter Easter egg knowledge, trying the spiciest Pad Thai noodles and exploring quaint bookstores and coffee-shops in New York City
Why you chose NBI: I was born in the United States before moving to and growing up in India. When I decided to come back for my residency, I wanted a strong academic and clinical setting with a dense and diverse population. On my interview day, when I saw the camaraderie between the residents and the faculty, my heart was set on The Beth and I could not wait to be a part of this world that I now call my family.

  • PGY-1 (Class of 2024)

Miguel Agudelo, MDMiguel Agudelo, MD
Undergraduate:
N/A
Med School: CES University
Interests IM: Hepatology, GI
Hobbies and Interests Outside of Medicine: Cooking, reading, binge watching shows
Why you chose NBI: Great teaching atmosphere, patient diversity and warm welcoming colleagues.


Jemin Ahn, DOJemin Ahn, DO (Preliminary – Neurology)
Undergraduate
: New York University
Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests in IM: I will be pursuing Neurology, but I am very much appreciative of the vast variety of fields within internal medicine and the endless possibilities to learn and be surprised.
Hobbies and Interests Outside of Medicine: Drawing, petting any dog in sight, playing instruments and singing, exploring new restaurants, traveling, tennis, trying to cook and failing but taking pictures anyway.
Why you chose NBI: The pervasiveness of learning opportunities, the diversity of pathologies experienced, and most importantly the wonderful people that make all the hard work worthwhile. Starting residency is daunting, exciting, and enlightening simultaneously and at different times. It has been very challenging, but the supportive and family-like environment cultivated by everyone motivates me every day to be a better physician for my patients and a better teammate for my residency family.


Dorothy Amofa, MDDorothy Amofa, MD
Undergraduate
: Miami University Oxford, Ohio
Medical School: St George’s University School of Medicine
Interests in IM: Cardiology, Hospitalist
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Long drives, traveling, cooking, reading.
Why you chose NBI: The two main reasons why I chose NBI was for its clinical diversity and comradeship. I wanted to train in a program that will enhance the development of strong clinical acumen with exposure to diverse clinical pathology and NBI for me was the best fit. Its location and complex population is ideal in not only enriching my clinical skill set but social skills with its diverse patient population. It really is a place that prepares its residents well post residency.

One of the things that struck me the most in my interview is the comradeship amongst the residents in the program and beyond. The culture of NBI is very welcoming, respectful, and inclusive. It’s home away from home, making it an ideal learning environment for me.


Funmmy Awoyomi, MDFunmmy Awoyomi, MD
Undergraduate
: Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Medical School: Saba University School of Medicine
Interests in IM: Primary Care
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Traveling, Art, Fashion, Philanthropy
Why you chose NBI: I was born at the Beth! I just thought it would be cool to come back and serve as a doctor in the community I was raised.


Jacob Brown, MDJacob Brown, MD
Undergraduate:
Marshall University
Medical School: St. George’s University
Interests in IM: Pulmonary Critical Care
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Enjoy spending time with family and friends, exercising, and taking my golden retriever to the park.
Why you chose NBI: I chose NBI because it checked all the boxes. Great faculty and sub specialist, plethora of pathologies, and opportunities to help a community in need.


Sammir S Dekowski, MDSammir S Dekowski, MD
Undergraduate
: Essex University, UK
Medical School: St Georges University
Interests in IM: Cardio, GI, Pulmonary / Critical Care
Hobbies and Interests Outside of Medicine: Video Games, Writing (Screen Writing), movies/shows, coaching soccer, most sports (NFL, NBA, Football, Tennis, Formula 1)
Why you chose NBI: Born and raised in South London, I grew up in a diverse neighborhood and I always knew I would work in an area that would represent that diversity and NBI exceeded all expectations. The pathologies and people you come across are unparalleled and there weren’t too many places that could match that. I knew Choosing NBI would provide me the knowledge and experience to be the best physician I could be for my patients now and in the future.


Thomas Ebanja MD, MBSThomas Ebanja MD, MBS (Preliminary – Anesthesiology)
Undergraduate
: University of Delaware, Mechanical Engineering
Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Interests in IM: Anesthesiology Prelim interested in Critical Care
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Spending time with family and friends, Reading fiction novels, binge watching TV shows, working out, running, playing sports (soccer, basketball, table tennis), hiking and traveling.
Why you chose NBI: As a prelim in anesthesiology, I was interesting in a prelim program that would provide a strong foundation in medicine and exposure to a diverse range of pathology. In addition a sense of collegiality, amongst residents, across residency classes, was a critical factor in my ranking criteria for programs.

During my rotations as a third year medical student at NBI, I found that the IM program at NBI met these requirements. The hospital serves a primarily minority patient population with a diverse array of pathology, typically presenting at advanced stages of the disease process. Also, I perceived the rapport amongst residents to be genuine and collegial. Last but not least, I like the food options in the cafeteria!


Dina Elsayed, MDDina Elsayed, MD
Medical School
: University of Khartoum, faculty of Medicine
Interests in IM: Hospital Medicine/ Cardiology/ Healthcare Disparities
Hobbies and interests outside of Medicine: Spending time with family and friends, watching documentaries, cooking and traveling.
Why you chose NBI: My aim when choosing my ideal program was to serve an underserved patient population where I would encounter very different pathologies so as to help and learn as much as I can during my years of residency. Since my first week in NBI I was thrilled by the interesting cases and how helpful and friendly the residents and faculty. Every day at the Beth is an enjoyable learning experience.


Shari Forbes, MDShari Forbes, MD
Undergraduate:
University of East London
Medical School: American University of Antigua
Interests in IM: Gastroenterology or Outpatient Primary Care
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Travelling, hiking, tennis, watching documentaries, music and singing
Why you chose NBI: I had a fundamental desire to join a program which offered clinically diverse patient pathology and volume so that I could gain optimum exposure to develop world-class clinical skills. Being a part of a facility, which fosters autonomous working in a supportive environment was also crucial as I wanted to practice independently but with sufficient supervision to allow me to grow in confidence and skills. During my interview day, the camaraderie demonstrated by the residents was also appealing as it was extremely important to me to be in a positive team environment where collaborative working existed, and where I could build long-lasting relationships. NBI also enables me to be close to family and continue to have the support that has carried me through my medical journey.


Leandro Gutierrez, MDLeandro Gutierrez, MD (Preliminary)
Undergraduate
: Seton Hall University
Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Interests in IM: Complex Medical Pathology, Social determinants of Health
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Amateur Soccer Player, avid aficionado as well.
Why you chose NBI: NBI is located in the epicenter of cultural diffusion. Various cultures and peoples all in one place with an extensive need for equitable healthcare. Drawn to expertise of complex pathology as well, unlike any other training site.


Hareem Hussain, MDHareem Hussain, MD
Undergraduate
: Rutgers University
Medical School: Ross University SOM
Interests in IM: Hospitalist, Medical Education, Healthcare Disparities
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Baking, hiking, photography, poetry, museums, galleries, restaurants, faith/spirituality
Why you chose NBI: Comradery, broad pathology, underserved community, diverse population, great opportunities


Jessica Mazur, MDJessica Mazur, MD
Undergraduate:
Penn State University
Medical School: St. George’s University
Interest in IM: Hospitalist and Critical Care
Hobbies and Interests Outside of Medicine: Peloton, weight training, reality television, trying new restaurants and hanging out with family and friends
Why you chose NBI: Originally from Pennsylvania, I knew that location was important to me, and I wanted to stay in the Northeast region. As a medical student, I rotated throughout NY and NJ and enjoyed working in city hospitals. Newark is in a great location between Philadelphia and NYC, with an International airport nearby that serves the hospital with a diverse patient population and vast pathologies. When I interviewed at NBI, I could feel the camaraderie and genuine relationships between the residents (even through Zoom) and knew I would be well supported in a family-like environment.


Sung Hun Park, MDSung Hun Park, MD
Undergraduate
: Boston University
Medical School: St. George's University
Interests in IM: Pulmonary / Critical Care
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Lego, germinating seeds, gardening, bicycle riding
Why you chose NBI: I was attracted by a diverse patient population group as well as numerous opportunities to learn and get experience. During interview season, I felt that I would be supported by faculty members and seniors. Therefore, I knew I would have great time here in NBI for my future career.


Kawana Simon, MDKawana Simon, MD
Undergraduate
: St. George’s University
Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
Interests in IM: Hematology and Oncology, Disparities in Health Care
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: Cooking, music and community outreach.
Why you chose NBI: Coming from a multi-cultural Caribbean background, it was important for me to work and serve in a diverse program, and one that would give me direct access to underserved and vulnerable populations. The diverse pathology brought by the patient population offers endless learning opportunities. NBI emphasizes holistic patient care, meeting medical needs and addressing socioeconomic needs, allowing you to grow and develop as a competent, thoughtful and well-rounded physician. I was drawn to NBI because it encompasses the perfect balance of comprehensive didactics, hands-on clinical training and supervised autonomy. Friendly Attending’s and senior residents are always willing to teach and provide guidance. Importantly, I was impressed by the camaraderie among the residents, which still stands true now that I am a part of the NBI family.


Celeste Soares de Camargo, MDCeleste Soares de Camargo, MD (Preliminary – Neurology)
Undergraduate
: FMABC Medical School
Medical School: FMABC Medical School
Interests in IM: Neurology – Neuro-Immunology
Hobbies and Interests Outside of Medicine: Travelling, volleyball, music and swimming.
Why you chose NBI: Strong academic institution with a supportive and friendly culture.


Adaobi Umeaku, MDAdaobi Umeaku, MD
Undergraduate
: Texas A&M University-Commerce
Medical School: the American University of Antigua, School of Medicine
Interests in IM: Interventional Cardiology
Hobbies and Interests outside of Medicine: God and Family! I Love dancing, being active: playing soccer and hiking; new adventures, experiencing new cultures and food, and world travel.
Why you chose NBI: I was born and raised in Nigeria and moved to the U.S. as a teenager. As a life-long learner and former Chemistry Teacher, working and learning as a physician in an underserved community allows me to continue in a life of service. Everything about The Beth reassures me of my love for Medicine, Cardiology, and People. I chose NBI because it's the heart center of Jersey. It's very diverse in patient population and employees. Seeing my patients, helping them, explaining things to them in a manner that they understand, and being their advocate is the best part of my job! The range of pathology is immeasurable. As much as it's educational, it's also very clinical and hands-on. It's truly the best of both worlds for me. I'm beyond humbled and grateful to be a member of this amazing family!